For most of human history, the family unit has, with few exceptions, been organized around the father. Dads have been seen as heads of the household - the people who define and lead and speak for the family - since before Noah herded all his kids onto the ark. But in the 21st century, we’ve seen a new social, cultural, political and economic phenomenon: the rise of moms. Moms are everywhere, with their blogs and their businesses and their status as one of the most important constituencies in all corners of public life, from town hall to marketplace. This is great – for moms. But what does it mean for dads? Are fathers being left behind? Are dads being marginalized in the culture of parenthood, pushed to the sidelines except insofar as they serve as comic foils to smart, capable moms who could probably - if cultural narratives are to be believed - manage just as well without them? Should we be fighting to keep dads in the cultural conversation about parenting - as Babble is endeavoring to do, with its Top 50 Dad Blog list
and its soon-to-be-launched dad section - or should we be letting cultural history take its course, and let dads rise or fall as they may?